Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the existing and persistent harm of bacteria or worms that may now be in the soil. My house mate's dog did her duty in multiple beds throughout the ...
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Gardeners and farmers can do their own soil analysis.
By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.
Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure, and even the ability for plant roots to penetrate through the soil.
Gardeners with small-scale orchards can take advantage of hazelnut varieties bred in recent years at Oregon State University that resist eastern filbert blight.